Patient still in need of kidney

By Sue-Ann Wayow

Kidney patient Krishna Partap recently celebrated his 29th birthday and if he was given the opportunity to choose his present, he would have asked for a kidney.
A few years ago, Partap asked for the public’s assistance in donating a kidney. Today, his plea remains the same. He is in need of a kidney donor with O-positive blood type.
Partap was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, a disease affecting the kidney, as a child and spent most of his early years as a patient at San Fernando General Hospital.
He lives at Temple Street, Ramai Trace, Debe.
He is the oldest of five children for his parents Harrilal and Shanty Partap.
In February, Partap’s story was highlighted in the Express. Since then, one person called offering to donate his kidney but was hesitant, his father said.
His father remains his main caregiver and noted that it has been a difficult task.
Krishna Partap’s only source of income comes from the Ministry of the People and Social Development in the form of a disability grant of $1,500 monthly.
But most of the money, he said, was used for travelling along Solomon Hochoy Highway three days a week for dialysis at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
“That is the only thing that makes him feel better,” his father said.
Dr Borris Mohammed, nephrologist at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, said Partap had been his patient for several years.
Partap, he said, has been struggling all his life.
“As a young person, he has no hope because nobody is coming forward to assist him with the transplant. He is young and he cannot lead a comfortable life on dialysis. Several complications can emerge, including heart problems. Once he gets a donor we can do the transplant right here in Trinidad,” said Mohammed.
Anyone willing to assist can call 371-5255 or 389-5177.
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